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KS Cancer Cells Caused by Gum Disease Byproduct

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?KS is a cancer that develops from the cells that line lymph or blood vessels. It usually appears as tumors on the skin or mucosal surfaces such as inside the mouth, according to the American Cancer Society. KS can cause serious problems or even become life threatening when the lesions are in the lungs, liver or digestive tract.?

Testing the saliva during an oral procedure could provide a positive test, and if done early enough, has the ability to treat the disease quickly and effectively. Kaposi sarcoma is typically found in individuals with HIV, as a weakened immune system makes the disease spread easier throughout the system. 

"These new findings provide one of the first looks at how the periodontal bacteria create a unique microenvironment in the oral cavity that contributes to the development of KS," said Fengchun Ye, the study's lead investigator. "The most important thing to come out of this study is that we believe periodontal disease is a risk factor for Kaposi sarcoma tumor in HIV patients."

According to C-Health, ?Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancer that causes purple, brown, or bluish-red tumours that look like sores on the skin. It may also affect the internal organs and the mucous membranes lining the mouth, nose, and anus. It's the most common cancer found in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and occurs as a complication of AIDS. Men infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are affected about 8 times as often as women with HIV. It is also more common among people taking immunosuppressive medications (e.g., organ transplant recipients).?

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